Monday, December 10, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I like old, rustic things that look like they have been used and then stored in a barn for years. This shepherd's crook does not fit that description, but I have misplaced my wooden crook and I have been reminded how crazy it is to catch sheep (Even in the barn in a pen) without a crook.
I put this together as a temporary until my other shows up (made from 3/4"pvc pipe and fittings) however, it works suprisingly well! The crook needs to be wider for the big rams, but it catches the ewes and lambs and seems to hold them better than the one I lost. It doesn't have much character, but has found a place in our barn (until I lose it)
Friday, October 19, 2012
Now where are those sheep?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Meet Josiah all grown up. Well.. not really "all" grown up, but his fall lamb picture.
He will be one of the rams we use this fall for breeding.
LeRoy seems to be saying "it's about that time"
Sunday, September 30, 2012
This time of year I'm pushing it to get things together for the Ky Wool Festival (coming up next weekend) and I sometimes have a post of what new things I'll be bringing to the festival.
Not this post.
This is a "what I won't be bringing" kind of post.
I was finishing up shearing a few sheep tonight when Jack called me saying "I hope these pots here aren't the pots you were working on for the festival!" I knew right away what he was talking about. We have 2 lambs that I will turn loose in the morning and let them graze in the yard. They don't cause problems (outside of today), and they stay in the yard. Today however, I sat these pots out in the shade because the pottery room had been so humid the pots weren't drying. At the time, the two lambs were relaxing under the porch, so I didn't give this a lot of thought. So much for not thinking!
oh well....it was better than I anticipated. Jack told me on the phone that EVERY pot was broken. (There were a lot of pots there, so 5 broken pots was a best case scenerio).
I have been needing some mugs for the house so it will be a good opportunity to pull out that old "pottery repair" recipe and see if it still works and do some testing to see if the repairs hold up. (And if it doesn't work, maybe I can treat myself to a new mug that is intact?)
As far as the sheep go, it doesn't look like they ate any of the clay, but I am watching to be sure they don't have "pot" bellies!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
"I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made"
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Roxy (from the last post) had her lamb 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, it appears she needed assistance as the lamb didn't make it. I had been trying to keep a close eye on her, but when I went out to check on her (2:30am with a flashlight) she had just had the lamb. I feel bad that I wasn't there to help her, but very thankful that she is ok.
Hiccup (one of our meat breed crosses) had her little lamb last Thursday.
Friday, July 6, 2012
And his sister:
This lil guy is Murphy, and he's from our moorit ewe Sierra. This is her first lamb and he has such a beautiful fleece of brown/gray and black.
This is one of DiDi's ram lambs. He is one of a set of twin ram lambs.
Delilah's gray/black ewe lamb
(Deloris in the foreground) but one of our 3 gray moorit rams from this year in the background:
And the lovely Mr B.
Just a few of the 2012 lamb crop. The heat is brutal here, but fortunately they seem to be handling it well. Our pastures are terribly dry, but if we can make it to Sunday - hopefully we will get some much needed rain iand cooler temps!